Cleveland City Council holds first public meeting since release of DOJ findings

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The first of four scheduled public hearings in Cleveland to discuss the recent findings by the U.S. Department of Justice involving allegations of excessive force by the Cleveland Police Department was held on Thursday evening.

City Council organized the sessions, called the “Listening Tour” and council members were in attendance Thursday night at the Harvard Community Services Center on Harvard Ave. in Cleveland.

About 100 people from the city and other surrounding communities went to the meeting and stood in line to voice their concerns over the November police-involved shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed while holding an air pistol; the police officer thought the gun was a real weapon.

“This council is committed to hearing your concerns,” said Matt Zone, Safety Committee Chairman.

The entire meeting and all of the sessions will be recorded and city council will be compiling the information into a report to be forwarded to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, the Cleveland Police Dept., and the DOJ.

Council President Kevin Kelley said that the information could possibly lead to changes in city legislature, practices and policies.

The next session will be held Tuesday, December 30 from 6-8 p.m., at Sagrada Familia Church at 7719 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland.